What does CSM stand for?
That is the question CSM members have been debating for the past three years. And we have agreed on a radical answer.
In summer 2003, I began the consultation on our values. It began with a paper to the then officer group. After discussion we put it to the executive committee the following November. There, and at the 2004 AGM, I launched probably the most extensive consultation CSM has had on what we stand for. We debated our statement of values at AGMs and ECs. Branches made submissions in addition to individual members.
We put it all together into a new statement of values. I read through every submission and many members who contributed and commented on early drafts have seen evidence of their input in the final version.
The AGM in March 2006 voted overwhelmingly to endorse the change, as did the ballot of members which was announced last November.
For me, it was a clear example of how we can involve all our members in change - not imposing change from on high but acting as a genuine democratic socialist movement.
You can read the new statement, together with my introduction, on www.thecsm.org.uk or at http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dc9bg35v_43zjh5v .